• International Day for the Unreached • 2024-May-19

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    Sunday, May 19, 2024 is the International Day for the Unreached

    A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

  • Taiwan quake triggers tsunami, Okinawa evacuates

    Header image is a representative stock photo courtesy of Matt Paul Catalano/Unsplash.

    Japan (MNN) — Southern Japan breathes a sigh of relief as the search for survivors continues in Taiwan.

  • Japan, still shaking

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    Japan (MNN) — Rescue efforts underway in the wake of strong quake in west central Japan.

  • Call to Pray for the Japan Congress on Evangelism

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    Hello Everyone! It's inspiring being here at the Japanese garden at San Diego's Balboa Park.

  • Can we double the Christian population of Japan?

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    This was the most encouraging Japan National Pastors’ Conference I remember in my 14 years with Asian Access.

    The theme as set by Pastor Yoshiya Hari, Asian Access/Japan National Director, was “From 2020 to 2030” and Pastor Shinji Takita’s words captured it best:

  • International Day for the Unreached 2022

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    June 5, 2022 is the International Day for the Unreached

    A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

  • The Leaders Must Come from Outside!


    The Christian subculture challenge

    A few years ago when I met with a Japanese Christian leader to catch up on each other’s lives, we discussed the challenges of the spread of the gospel in this nation and dreamed a bit about how to build upon the many partnerships that have been developing between Christian groups here in Japan. During our conversation, he surprised me with an unexpected comment:

  • Connecting for Ministry in a Socially Distanced World

    Manga MessiahGlobalization—and the current pandemic—have tied together intercontinental personal relationships and socially distanced ministry in ways we would have found difficult to imagine not so many years ago.

    The following true story from one of our Asian Access Japan staff highlights how intercontinental friendships and digital media can partner together in ministry even in a “shelter in place” world. Thank you for your prayers for our Asian Access family as our members share God’s love through every means possible. Here is their story I wanted to share with you...

    A Japanese university not far from our current home in Japan has had a sister school relationship with my alma mater in the USA for over 50 years. Decades ago...

  • Strawberries, Pomegranates and Convenience Stores

    strawberriesOne of the principles in Asian Access is that healthy churches grow. It’s why we spend so much time investing in key leaders’ personal walk with God and their growth in him. Because, when we are deeply embedded with Christ, we are naturally very fruitful. Many of those leaders were on display in Tohoku (Northeast Japan) for a few days at Vision Festa, a gathering of pastors, missionaries and NGO leaders coming together to share God’s vision for Japan. I was deeply touched by them and many pictured in these photos are key partners of Asian Access/Japan. They shared about Strawberry Patch Evangelism. That even small little strawberry plants are quick to reproduce because they shoot stems into the soil nearby and next thing you know you have an entire patch. And, they shared about Pomegranate church planting where a single fruit has hundreds of seeds to spread around and start new fellowships...

  • As Japan's recovery stagnates, Gospel growth booms

    Japan disaster relief efforts falter, but there are good spiritual signs

    image Japan (MNN) — Broken remnants and barricades remain six years after Japan’s deadly ‘triple disaster’.

    “There are still tens of thousands of people in temporary housing…. That place (near the Fukushima nuclear facility) was so devastated that the local people cannot...

  • I want a face like that

    Muhling familyBeing with Kent and Yuko Muhling last week in Sendai inspired me. They are trying so many different ways to reach out to their neighbors, I was deeply impressed. You would be proud of them!

    One story in particular captured my imagination. They shared about a man who has been watching the Christian relief teams not far from Sendai City. He lived through the disaster and has seen the relief teams come and go. But, he was particularly inspired by the ongoing efforts of the local churches, missionaries, and believers from all over the world who keep...

  • 10 Keys to Reaching More People

    Moving Evangelism From An Optional Extra To An Important Priority

    There is much to suggest that the church in the west, at least, is living in a post Christian generation. Evangelism has fallen on hard times, and ironically it seems that seminars to help people learn how to share their faith are doing no...

  • Former Buddhist Lama turns pastor

    imageAsia (MNN) — In Asia, there’s a pastor of a new church who has already led 27 people to Christ and has plans to plant churches all across his region. But Asian Access says what makes his story really unique is the fact that he was once a religious leader in a completely different faith: Buddhism.

    The man had spent almost 30 years as a...

  • Harvest Vision

    js podcast harvest visionListen to this pastor from south Osaka share about her church’s vision to love their community. 

    Be encouraged and continue to pray that more churches would grow in their harvest vision.

    harvest-vision.mp3 [4:26]

  • Manga Messiah

    js podcast manga messiahHear how we are helping Japanese church planters in Okinawa to come together and encourage one another.

    Manga-Messiah.m4a [4:22]

  • Passion Evangelism

    japanstories 240Peter shares how God is working in the life of a pastor in Kyushu to take his passion for art and use it to share Christ. What's your passion? Come and use it in Japan!

    Passion-Evangelism.m4a [5:25]

  • Fabric of Friendships

    js podcast fabric of friendshipsBobby shares about the gospel becoming the fabric of friendships and the transformation it brings.

    Fabric-of-Friendships.m4a [5:36]

  • Onsen Evangelism

    japanstories 240Takeshi shares about what happens when we live 24/7 for Jesus. God does the miraculous! And blesses us with hot springs (onsen) on top of it all. Check out this great story of how God shows up when we invite him.

    Onsen-Evangelism.m4a [5:07]

  • Saturday in the Park

    japanstories 240Well, it may not have been a Saturday, but check out this story from Mike in Okinawa about how congregations are starting "Park Churches" and "Marketplace Churches" to share the love of Christ. Not just a form evangelism, this is taking the church to the people.

    Saturday-in-the-Park.m4a [4:51]